Cows drop the Bombers

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Concrete Cows stormed to their first win of the 2015 British Championships on Sunday, beating the Lincolnshire Bombers 320-32, in front of a packed home crowd.

It was a proud day for the Cows as the national competition was founded by members of Milton Keynes Roller Derby.

Cows started strongly as Rowena Fellows, Harri Clarke and Jay Latarche all scored 19 points each in their opening jams, with no reply from an understrength Bombers side. This opened up a quick 57 point lead for Cows, which they built upon during the first half.

Cows pack looked far stronger than in recent games, disciplined when together and physical when blocking the Lincolnshire skaters off the track, with Katie Thomas, Claudia Higgins and Victoria Griffith excelling.

Cows scored consistently throughout the half, taking advantage of the powerjams given to them by Lincolnshire’s penalties. Sarah Stevens added more firepower to the frontline, with 10 and 17 point jams, and the Cows went into the break with a healthy 169-19 point lead.

Lincolnshire were tipped to win the game, but couldn’t handle the resurgent Cows. The returning Natasha Laird added strength to the pack and Ursula Kent proved resilient in stopping and holding the Lincoln jammers. Katie Thomas added two 20 point jams in the second half and Jay Latarche ended the day as the Cows top scorer with 85 points.

The Cows eventually notched up their best result of the season, taking the victory by 320 points to 36, moving them up to 4th in the Women’s Tier 3 East Division, and leaping 29 places in the rankings, to 55th in Europe.

Cows need to beat table topping Croydon Roller Derby in their last Champs game in Cambridge on August 22 to avoid relegation. It will be a tough task, but they will have renewed hope after this scintillating performance.